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Scottish Wind Farm Photos by Toby Smith

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A celebratory union of striking landscapes and sustainable energy structures

Toby Smith's photos of wind farms in the Scottish Highlands capture nature's grandiosity and marvels of human engineering in equal measure. The flicks are part of the London photographer's "Scottish Renewables" series, which also included hydro projects and their associated landscapes. "With its raging seas, wind-swept hills and high rainfall, Britain has more potential kinetic......read more

Toby Smith: Light After Dark

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Award-winning photo series finds contrast and beauty in England's coal power industry

For his 2009 Light After Dark project, UK photojournalist Toby Smith used extremely long exposures to shoot England's 32 coal power stations at night. We wouldn't normally use the word "beautiful" to describe coal stacks, but in Smith's capable hands, they become just that. Portrayed in a soft, tranquil light, the maligned industrial complexes become spaces of serenity,......read more

Toby Horrocks: Icon

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Flat packing, parametric cardboard art.

A recent design media exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design featured four cardboard installations designed by Melbourne architect Toby Horrocks. Collectively titled 'Icon,' the freestanding installations each represented a mag title published by Architecture Media, which commissioned the project. Horrocks's free flowing cardboard experiments, each bound by a fixed......read more

Toby Burrows: Fallen

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Nice collection of supernatural landscape images by talented Australian photographer.

In 'Fallen,' the new collection of photos from Toby Burrows, female forms float and fall in vivid natural landscapes. Inspired by the detailed, intensely colorful style of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Burrows juxtaposes nudes with nature. It's a surreal exploration of the relationship between human form and landscape, and some really, really beautiful stuff. ...read more

All That Is

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Stunning Images From Toby Trueman

Inspired by observing the cycle of the natural world, a cycle that has existed for millenia, British photographer Toby Trueman presents ‘All That Is’ — long exposure portraits of a single section of beach. Both a celebration of nature and a study of its permanence in the face of man’s existence, ‘All That Is’ comprises of 36 photographs......read more

Smith & Gill Architecture: Great City

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Green-focused, pedestrian-first satellite city planned for China

China's hyper-dense urban centers tend to conjure images of huge crowds, gridlocked traffic, and polluted air. The Great City, now under construction near the city of Chengdu, aims to be anything but that. Designed by Chicago firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the Great City is a plan for a sustainability-focused, pedestrian-based satellite city that 80,000 people will......read more

There’s nothing inherently liberal about renewable energy. You could be waaaay out there on the fringes of conservative thought — you could want to kill Social Security and Medicare, zero out the tax rate, and make children pay to go to elementary school — and you could still be a fan of solar panels and wind turbines. That said, clean energy has a reputation for......read more

Handmade Jewelry Containing Bits Of Nature

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From Sarah Smith, AKA Modern Flower Child

Coos Bay, Oregon-based artist Sarah Smith (aka ModernFlowerChild) hand-crafts each of these beautiful botanical jewelry pieces. She produces collections with fragments of nature embedded within transparent resin, allowing you to carry a bit of natural beauty with you at all times. Each ornament is entirely individual and the artist has a range of earrings, pendants, and bangles......read more

he popularity of marijuana edibles has been one of the big surprises of the seismic culture shift we are undergoing around weed. Maybe it’s because of the increasing social disdain around smoking anything, or maybe it’s part of that whole foodie thing, but edibles are big business. In Colorado alone, more than 5 million edible marijuana products were sold (and presumably......read more

The pope’s climate encyclical is scheduled to drop June 18. Just in time for summer beach reading! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, in neighborhoods filled with what felt like a United Nations of Catholics (Polish, Ukrainian, Irish, Chaldean, Greek, among others). I was impressed both at how my neighbors loved the pope — but also with how they deftly worked around those aspects......read more

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